The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is more than emergency shelter. We provide essential care as well as health services, employment training, and housing supports to people who need help. Our programs and services connect people to permanent housing that meets their individual needs. Rooted in community and fueled by kindness, the DI proudly serves as part of the Homeless-Serving System of Care.
We are looking for certified LPN's to fill this role. The official job title will be Health Care Specialist.
The Health Care Specialist (HCS) utilizes skills and knowledge to provide care for clients during the COVID-19 pandemic response. The HCS assists clients in accepting responsibility for their own health and assists them in achieving their health improvement goals. This role is a part of the integrated Health Services team.
This is a temporary contract role in response to our strategy to respond to COVID-19.
This is a full-time commitment with the following shifts available:
Shift times and exact work location to be determined by management and will be discussed with you.
These shifts work on a rotational basis of 4 days on and 4 days off. PLEASE NOTE: Schedule and shift times are subject to change at the discretion of management.
- Performs initial and ongoing nursing assessments of clients focusing on their emotional, physical, and mental health. This includes identifying pre-existing health conditions and offering clinical pathways for clients to access health services;
- In collaboration with the Health Services Team, develops and implements client centered care and housing plans with appropriate intervention measures that will have an impact on the client's health condition, safety, as well as ultimate recovery;
- Ensures the ongoing provision of client care in accordance with the approved care and housing plan;
- Monitors client’s response to interventions and responds accordingly to any deviations from expected outcomes;
- Provides support with screening clients for COVID-19 as they enter The DI buildings;
- Responds to medical emergencies and assists as needed which may include the administration of oxygen and/or administration of Naloxone (authorized prescriber order required).
- Performs other related tasks (within scope of practice) as assigned by the designated Health Coordinator and/or the Directors of The DI.
- Diploma from an approved LPN program
- Active registration and practice permit with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
- Current Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) certificate
- Skills and Experience
- Ability to work in a diverse care setting with a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to display compassion at all times
- Commitment to standards and process
- Energetic and self-directed, with effective time management and organizational skills including the ability to deal with several priorities at the same time
- Strong strategically focused analytical skills, good common sense; and capacity to provide leadership
- Well-developed inter-personal and conflict resolution and negotiating skills
- Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
- Computer skills including familiarity with word processing, database, and Internet
- Experience in acute care
- Experience in advanced wound care
- Experience in a Mental Health environment
- Completion of Alberta Health Services Naloxone educational modules
- Exposure to emotionally disturbing events, e.g. medical distress, threatened/actual serious injury, violence, abuse, and death;
- Exposure to clients who may be experiencing fear, terror, hopelessness, rage, self-harm and conflict;
- Working in distress and/or high-stress situations, which may include emergency response where resiliency and stress tolerance and the ability to maintain composure, remain calm and focused is imperative;
- Exposure to blood and body fluids.
Why the DI?
The DI aims to be an “Employer of Choice” and affords each employee an opportunity to help make a real difference in our community, and more importantly in the lives of less privileged people. We take great care in hiring the right people who fit, and who share our outlook on the value of people. We believe in living our values in every word we speak, and in every action we take, and we want people who understand this commitment.
Our values form the cornerstone of our culture:
RESPECT: Our actions honour the rights, differences, and dignity of others
COMMUNITY: Through collaborative partnerships, we work together as a team, building inclusive communities
KINDNESS: We accept each person’s uniqueness with compassion and empathy
WELLNESS: We promote, provide and support holistic wellbeing
ACCOUNTABILITY: We operate with transparency and integrity in both our relationships and our commitments.
Some of the great benefits the DI has are agency paid:
- Vacation days
- Sick days
- Wellness days
- Medical & Dental coverage
- Homewood EFAP
- Long-Term Disability*
- Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)*
- Critical Illness Insurance*
*Employees will be enrolled in Long-Term Disability, Life and AD&D and Critical Illness insurance, paid for by the employee. This is mandatory and may not be opted out of.
Benefits are based on employment type and usually available the 1st of the month following your start date. If you are successful in obtaining employment with the DI, Human Resources will discuss your eligibility for benefits with you.